International health IT week in review: January 29

Pulse+IT's weekly round-up of international health IT and eHealth news for the week ending January 29:

Paving the way for eHealth interoperability: the EURO-CAS project launches
eHealthNews EU ~ Staff writer ~ 26/01/2017

This scheme will help European health systems assess the conformity of eHealth products and solutions with international standards, and will enhance vendors' visibility by offering public recognition of conformity of their products.

Securing personal electronic health records with a patient's heartbeat
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 26/01/2017

Biometrics, the analysis of physical features for identification and access control, has typically relied on facial, fingerprint and iris recognition to secure computer systems.

Ugandan team develops pneumonia mHealth kit
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 26/01/2017

A team of Ugandan graduates from Makerere University have developed the Mamaope – meaning “mother’s hope” – mHealth diagnostic tool kit that can accurately detect pneumonia in children.

£4 billion emergency radio system "not yet proven"
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 25/01/2017

An inquiry has revealed deep concerns about the coverage and contracting of a new £4 billion national emergency radio system.

EHRs lead to more imaging tests, not less
Healthcare Informatics ~ Rajiv Leventhal ~ 25/01/2017

Although electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to expose duplicate testing and thus reduce costs, new research has found that physicians with EHR access ordered more tests than their non-EHR counterparts.

Use of location systems surging within healthcare
Health Data Management ~ Bob Violino ~ 25/01/2017

The global real-time location system market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 46 percent between 2017 and 2021, according to a report from Technavio Research.

Medical benefits registry causes a stir
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 25/01/2017

The National Department of Health’s (NDoH) plan to develop a Medical Benefits Registry from private patient information – including names and addresses – requested from the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has been called unlawful by the ANC’s main opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Health IT supplier CSC confirms redundancies in UK
Digital Health News ~ Laura Stevens ~ 24/01/2017

Software supplier CSC is undertaking another round of redundancies in its healthcare unit ahead of a merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services.

Trump’s health pick faces another round of criticism at hearing
Bloomberg ~ Anna Edney ~ 24/01/2017

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. department of health will likely face another round of criticism about his stock trading and questions about plans to overhaul Obamacare at a crucial Senate committee hearing that could clear the path for his nomination.

Philips, Banner Health announce 15-year partnership, updated data from telehealth pilot
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 24/01/2017

Expanding on the success of connected healthcare pilot programs originally launched in 2013, Arizona-based health system Banner Health and Royal Philips announced a 15-year partnership to go forward with their collaborative efforts to leverage telehealth and other integrated solutions in healthcare.

Most people want video visits, 20 percent would switch doctors to get them
MobiHealthNews ~ Heather Mack ~ 23/01/2017

Convenience may override loyalty when it comes to sticking with a primary care physician, and those that offer telehealth may fare better in keeping their patients than those who don’t.

Tips for managing legacy employees during big EHR implementations
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 23/01/2017

Houston Methodist replaced best-of-breed clinical applications with an integrated EHR. The successful transition involved managing not just technology but, equally as important, employees across multiple teams. Here’s a look at lessons learned.

EMS use of telehealth helps close care gaps
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 23/01/2017

For the past two years, paramedics in the Houston Fire Department have been using telehealth and electronic health record technology to remotely consult with physicians via iPads when responding to calls to patient homes.

London trust fends off 19 ransomware attacks in 12 months
Digital Health News ~ Ben Heather ~ 20/01/2017

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust disclosed that it had been targeted by ransomware at rate of more than once a month in 12 months to 1 July 2016.

Global action plan for sustainable development data launched
eHealthNews South Africa ~ Terri Chowles ~ 20/01/2017

The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum concluded with the launch of a global plan for better data to improve people’s lives, and new ideas and solutions to boost the collaboration, resources and policies needed to put it into action.

A look ahead at digital health and health policy under President Trump
MobiHealthNews ~ Staff writer ~ 20/01/2017

Healthcare wasn’t exactly priority number one in President Donald Trump’s inaugural address this morning.

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